Breakout Session Descriptions

Aging Well in Mind, Body, and Spirit

June 3, 2014
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Schewel Hall, Lynchburg College

Concurrent Workshops

10:45-11:45 a.m. Sessions
1-2 p.m. Sessions
2:15-3:15 p.m. Sessions

10:45-11:45 a.m.

A. Ethics at the End of Life

This interactive, case-based discussion will consider a series of ethical issues that arise when planning for end of life care. We will consider the role of the surrogate decision maker, the ethics of making decisions about aggressive treatment and hospice assistance.

Michael Gillette, PhD, President, Bioethical Services of Virginia

B. Update: Health Care Reform in Practice

This session provides an overview of the nation’s new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Most of the key health insurance provisions are set to go into effect in 2014. The law changes the private health insurance market by imposing employer and individual mandates, changes Medicare in various ways (including prescription drug coverage and payments to providers), and expands Medicaid, as well as increasing reimbursements for Medicaid providers. The new law is financed by a combination of higher taxes and reductions in specified health care spending

Gerald Prante, PhD, Assistant Professor, Economics, Lynchburg College

C. Capturing Life’s Journey: Using Stories & Memories in Caregiving

Discovering you loved one’s life journey can enhance your conversations and help you both value the time spent together. Family members often say they’ve heard the same stories over and over; in this workshop we’re going to talk about listening in a new way. Encouraging your loved one to share stories and memories from their past is an important way to provide care and comfort to those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Talking to people with dementia about their lives can create positive emotional experiences. We can bring back pieces of their past and build a closer bond when we know and use their stories.

Betsy Head, Franchise Owner, Home Instead Senior Care

D. Cognitive Changes in the Elderly (With a Focus on MCI)

Normal aging includes minor changes in cognition that should be of no concern to seniors- “it is what it is.” There are nire troublesome symptoms, however, that can interfere with memory and function. This presentation will review the spectrum of changes from normal through MCI to dementia. Newer research provides some hope for slowing the progression of these changes. You may be surprised to learn what works and what does not help!

Charles Driscoll, MD, Emeritus Professor, Clinical Family Medicine, University of Virginia

E. Helping Older Smokers Quit

Like all smokers, older smokers benefit from quitting. By stopping smoking, they can reduce their risk of premature death, and experience improvement in functional status and quality of life, including more rapid recovery from illness exacerbated by smoking and improvement in cerebral circulation, increasing the likelihood of being able to live productively and independently. Older smokers who receive counseling are more likely to quit than those who receive only standard care. In fact, older smokers are often very interested in quitting, respond more favorably to provider advice, and are more likely to be successful in quitting than their younger counterparts.

Sandy Kanehl, M.Ed., CSAC, Program Associate, Alliance for the Prevention & Treatment of Nicotine Addition (APTNA)

F. They are Here and They are Grey: The Issues, Impact & Implications of our Aging Population

“Each year confirms one of the great events of modern times: triumph of survivorship. It is an event so enormous that we have no handy scale to measure it and its consequences.” (R. Butler, 1981). This program will discuss the demographic implications if an older age population nationally and in the Commonwealth, identify issues impacting older adults in Virginia and will discuss needed initiatives both regionally and nationally.

Virginia Burggraf, DNS, RN, FAAN, Griggs Endowed Professor of Gerontological Nursing, Radford University

G. Staying Healthy and Vital After Age 50

Staying healthy and engaged are important at any age and perhaps even more so as we age. Join us for an interactive discussion on strategies to remain healthy in mind, body and spirit after age 50.

Nancy Overstreet, DNP, GNP- BC, CDP, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Lynchburg College 

H. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:  Issues, Implications, & Resources Available  

The phenomenon of grandparents raising their grandchildren is nothing new. The number of grandchildren being raised by their grandparents has been on the rise since the 1970’s and is one of the fastest growing family forms in the United States. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the dynamics of grandparents raising grandchildren and how it impacts the grandparents, grandchildren and family members. The workshop will address the services and resources that are both needed for and available to grandparents caregivers to provide them with the tools to continue to successfully parent their grandchildren.

Kathy Dial, MSW, PhD, Director of Youth and Family Services, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc.; Board of Directors, National Kinship Alliance for Children; Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Work, Norfolk State University

1-2 p.m.

A. The Future of Health Care: A Closer Look at New Models of Care

How will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) affect me? The future of healthcare is changing. This session will discuss the shifting focus of healthcare from the hospitals to the community. Come and learn more about new models of care such as Medical Homes, Medicare advantage programs, PACE programs and bundled payment programs.

Verna Sellers, MD, MPH, Geriatrician & Medical Director, Geriatric Services and Programs, A Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

B. Faith and Aging

For many, the so-called golden years may not seem so golden after all. Aging often creates many challenges. Failing health and loss of independence and loved ones are among the challenges we face. Many also face the question of “what is next?”. In this program author Missy Buchanan will talk about the importance and role of faith at the end of life and share inspiring faith stories of older adults who have found faith to offer comfort, encouragement, and hope in their later years.  Among the stories she will share is that of Lucimarian Roberts, 87-year old mother of Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America.

Missy Buchanan, Author, Columnist, and Speaker

C. Caregiving Resources & Model Programs: What Caregivers are Surprised to Learn

We are all familiar with family caregivers who are challenged to navigate the made of community resources that is intended to support them and the care receiver. This presentation will highlight different types of community, state and national resources. In addition, several model programs in the US will be featured for their strong evidence base in impacting and benefitting both family and professional caregivers. Fortunately, many of these programs, such as “Caring For You, Caring For Me” and the Institute for Innovations in Caregiving are available in Virginia.

Christine Jensen, PhD, Director, Health Services Research, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health

D. Insomnia and the Older Adult

As we age, many of us experience changes in our sleeping patterns. Some changes are a normal part of aging; however, disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day and other symptoms of insomnia are not a normal part of aging. Sleep is just as important to physical and emotional health over the age of 50 as it was when we were younger. IN this program Dr. Gianakos will share how illnesses can affect sleep and effective ways to manage insomnia.

Dean Gianakos, MD, ABIM, Associate Program Director, Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency

E. Conversations About Dementia

This program is an educational workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association that will offer helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Families often wait to have these conversations and this program invites family, friends, employers and health care professionals to form a care team and communicate with each other which will assist the caregiver and the person with the changes in functioning.

Annette Clark, MSG, Gerontologist and Family Services Director, Alzheimer’s Association- Central and Western Virginia Chapter

F. Elder Abuse: Where We Have Come From, Where We Are Going

An elderly woman is starved to death by her own daughter who receives a short period of in-home monitoring. A woman houses her two intellectually disabled aunts in her home, unknown to anyone but her husband and a couple of neighbors. After repeated beating and other mistreatment of them by the niece one of the aunts dies and the other is left blinded. The woman receives a sentence of 5 years. How does this happen? Have we made any progress since these cases? In regard to the care of the elderly and disabled in our communities, where are we headed?

Robin Zimmerman, Family Services Supervisor, Bedford Department of Social Services

G. Five Easy Steps to Perfect Presentations

Learn how to develop presentations quickly and easily ising time honored methods passed down from ancient orators and still used today. Participants will acquire a five step process for designing, organizing, and styling a powerful presentation. Everyone attending will create a presentation of their own in under an hour and take away templates to create power presentations for every occasion.

Paula Youra, PhD, Department Chair and Professor, Communication Studies, Lynchburg College

H. Living Life as a Winner  

This program will include the importance of attitude, strategies for success, specific communication techniques, socialization skills, coping with inevitable changes, self-esteem and managing stress.

Mark Yudowitch, Med, EdS, Training Specialist & Parenting Program Coordinator, Campbell County Department of Social Services

2:15-3:15 p.m.

A. Paying It Forward through Volunteerism & Civic Engagement

Have you ever wondered, “How can I impact the lives of those around me in a meaningful way?” It is said that our time is our most valuable asset, yet often we squander it without much thought. As our population grows older- individuals’ priorities often shift from a ‘success’ mindset to one seeking ‘significance.' Volunteering and Civic Engagement can play a helpful role in this purposeful transition. This session will look into the heritage of volunteering in our nation’s past, we’ll consider the healthy benefits to volunteering, and challenge each participant to chart a plan to ‘Make a Difference’ in the months ahead.

Brian Jacks, Associate State Director, AARP

B. Simplifying Social Media: Developing Effective Online Profiles to Market your Services

Acquire the basics of building effective Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn social media pages as key drivers of your online communications. Participants will review the role of their new or existing social media pages from an organizational standpoint and apply the Four Cs of PR writing to develop relevant and engaging online content. Successful mastery of these social media fundamentals will lead to continued relationship cultivation with a variety of audiences.

Jeremy Langett, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Lynchburg College

C. Virginia's Dementia State Plan: Tracking Progress & Next Steps

This session will review the history, purpose and activities of the Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission, including the publication of Virginia’s Dementia State Plan in 2011. Presenters will explain the goals and objectives of the plan and review current and future work aimed at moving the plan forward. Lastly, attendees will learn how they can become involved in dementia advocacy and assist with the plan’s ongoing implementation efforts.

Charlotte Arbogast, MSG, Dementia Services Coordinator, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services
Carter Harrison, State Public Policy Director, Alzheimer’s Association

D. Understanding the Aging LGBT Population

This session will engage participants into thinking hilisticall about connectivity and aging. As we age, there are increasing opportunities for isolation of mind, body and spirit. If we ignore these opportunities and capitalize on the opportunities to remain engaged and connected, we stand to be happier and more fulfilled throughout the lifespan.

Jay White, MS (Gerontology), Director of Professional Development, Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Shannon Marling, MSG, CDP, Site Director, Riverside PACE & Co-Chair, Seniors and Advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi-Sexual Elders (SAGE)

E. Understanding Older Adult Suicide and Survivorship

This session will examine the ways in which suicide grief is different than other types of grief. The group will also examine the suicide victims inability to deal with life’s difficulties, leading to accumulated, unaddressed, hidden feelings of despair. Resources and strategies for coping will be presented.

Mary Lou Blevins, Care Manager, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia
Vickie Sandifer, MSW, Interim Executive Director, Mental Health America of Central Virginia

F. Protecting Your Assets

Long Term Care (“LTC”) costs will affect all of us. We will either need LTC services, or we will have a parent, grandparent, or sibling who, due to an illness or injury, will. What are the risks we run if we do not adequately prepare for the future? What are ways that we can best prepare to provide for the care we will need? How can resources be protected for our spouse and other loved ones should we need LTC assistance? What public resources are available to help? All of these issues will be discussed and different planning options presented.

Ann McGee Green, JD, Anderson, Desimone & Green, PC

G. The Healing Power of Reminiscence/Life Review in Aging & Loss

The Healing Power of Story in Aging & Loss will invite participants to engage in discussion to actively explore the losses that are experienced by the aged; losses that are a given as well as losses that are less obvious. Precipitating factors that may complicate grief will be examined, such as grief overload, grief resurgence, social isolation, and physical & emotional health. Coping strategies that promote vibrant aging in the face of the inevitable as well as unexpected losses will be discussed, focusing on the healing power of “telling my story” in the presence of a “witness.”

Betsy Faughn, MSW, LCSW, MDiv, Bereavement Coordinator, Centra Hospice

H. Active Music and Art Participation After 50: Benefits, Challenges, and Resources

As a violinist and music educator, teaching music and interacting with young students ignited my interest in older adults’ active music making. I was inspired to seek out musicians who decided to actively engage in music making after formal schooling ended. Why did these individuals become lifelong arts participants while others did not? What does arts participation mean anyway? I will provide some answers to these questions through a multi-faced presentation that includes information on music and art participation and how individuals aged 50 and older can be involved.

Kara Eaton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Music Education, Lynchburg College